Alaska Mission Trip

Mike traveled to Nome, Alaska to help with caring for the mushers and dogs that are part of the Iditarod. They also worked a huge basketball tournament while there which brings tribes from all over Alaska together. They helped with VBS and also visited the Senior Center regularly. Sharing the love of Jesus was what…

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Choosing a Paint Color for our Vacation Rentals

When choosing a paint color, it is usually wise to research, gather paint swatches, plaster test patches all over the house, and pray A LOT.  Right?  Isn’t the pressure of picking a paint color almost like the pressure of naming your child…you know you HAVE to get it right or its going to cost a ton…

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Sheetrock complete in Vacation Retreats

We are so thankful that our Sheetrock is complete in our New Construction! What a difference it makes!! It is so nice to have all that Insulation covered up!! Sheetrock When preparing for our Sheetrock installation (aka drywall in certain circles) we first had the installer to come out and quote our houses.  I obviously…

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Insulation complete at Living Water Retreats

It has been quite a while since I gave you all an update on our Retreats!! So sorry about that! We have steadily worked at the Retreats through the holidays, but honestly, things have slowed down a little more than I would have liked! We are nearing the finish though! I see light at the…

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The Jobs of a Livestock Guardian Dog

Imagine you are pregnant with twins and you are out shopping for last minute items because you know that labor will be starting soon. As you drive home in the bitter January cold, you begin to feel the pangs of labor begin.  You feel a little panicked because you are all alone.  But, you know…

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Retreat House Framing Complete | Living Water Retreats for TIEC

This summer we were blessed with the opportunity to accelerate our building project by building our House #2 on site with the students from the High School Carpentry Program vs. waiting until school started for the students to build it during the semester. We jumped on this project because we knew how much easier life…

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Grading Land for New Construction

Grading land for new construction is much more time consuming and expensive than I imagined when we first started to plan our Vacation Rental Business. I originally sent a quote to the bank when applying for our loan with an estimate of $10,000 for our driveway expense…after getting real-life quotes from several reputable companies in…

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Starting A Blog | Recommendations for the Best Companies to Choose

I get asked a lot about starting a blog…and I just want to start off by saying, there is nothing special about me! If I can do it, so can you!! I promise! What started as a way to share photo sessions years ago (2009 actually!) has grown into a way for me to earn…

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Pygmy Goats Birth | Living Water Farm

It’s that time again when new baby goats seem to appear every day! We shared this video a few months back of our goats birth on our YouTube Channel, but thought you all might like to see it also! It’s rare that we get to experience the birth…normally these Mamas just handle everything on their…

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VRBO vs. Airbnb – A Comparison for Hosts and Guests

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you…see my full disclosure here. As a Vacation Rental Owner and someone who occasionally gets a chance to travel, I have observed a few things through the years…

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